Adam Beschizza rides She’sonthewarpath to victory at Ellis Park Turf.
Trainer Steve Margolis was just looking for a maintenance job at Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky on Saturday morning when he sent Robert and Lawana Lows She’sonthewarpath to work a half-mile eight days before the 5-year-old mare came in for the $ 100,000 Kentucky Downs TVG Preview Ladies Mile.
“I just said to Melvin, ‘She’s fit, just let her wait,'” said Margolis of training rider Melvin Quevedo. “It doesn’t take much, just half a mile. Let them gallop on their own and make yourself comfortable. ‘ And that’s what he did. “
Apparently, She’sonthewarpath finished her work order very comfortably in: 48 flat, the fifth fastest of 45 training units with time measurement. (The “ball” clock was: 47.40, which was uncorked by the Amazina trained by Brendan Walsh, who is also nominated for the Ladies Mile.)
“If you ask her to go, she will go,” said Margolis. “She is a very good workhorse. She will give you everything if you ask her. “
She’sonthewarpath will try to improve on her second place last year on very soft grass. 2020 winner English Affair will be making her first start since April in the Ladies Mile.
Like last year, She’sonthewarpath gets into Ladies Mile due to a stakes win. Last year it was at Indiana Grand, while this year it ousted even-money favorite Dominga to win Ellis Park Turf. Regular driver Adam Beschizza will be on board.
“She works very well, knock on wood,” said Margolis. “Eat well. Coat looks great. Here she can graze. She likes the atmosphere. We don’t have to ship. She is a class horse. You can put her in a van and send her anywhere and she will always do the right thing. But it is good. We’re stable here and she has a solid win over the track. We’re looking forward to the race next Sunday. “
While she was still walking well on last year’s soft lawn, Margolis said that She’sonthewarpath would rather have her grass on the good side than on the firm side. With the expectation of sunshine all week, it should get this place condition.
“She will always try,” said Margolis. “This course can take a bit of water anyway. It looks like it’s in really good shape. “
Margolis said he and the owners wanted to try the mare at Kentucky Downs and hope the opportunity presents itself in the $ 750,000 Grade 3 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf on September 11th this year.
“I think it would be a great way to make money,” said Margolis. “If the filly does well on this next one, roll the dice (for a big wallet, grade 3). I look forward to maybe giving it a try.”
She’sonthewarpath sets a 7-1-2 record in 15 starts on turf, with most of her $ 432,820 revenue coming from turf. She has five stakes wins and is ranked stakes.
“She’s always been a professional,” said Margolis. “We tried it in the dirt and it actually didn’t go that bad. Just a great deed. Always appears. She has a small advantage, like some of these fillies. But in the paddock, just to train, she understands her business. She goes out there and is a real professional. A little hard to gallop, but we’ve figured them out over the past few years. She’ll try a rider if they don’t hold out. But she’s smart and has a great attitude and always tries for us. “
Margolis knows how difficult it is to find stake horses.
In his third full year of training in 2003, he took his first ranked victory with the three-year-old Cajun Beat, who won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint two races later and was voted Eclipse Award winning sprinter. He had a steady trickle of staggered stake horses for the next decade. But the racing game was heavily tipped towards the mega stables in the years that followed. With that in mind, She’sonthewarpath really is a gift that has been given over and over for the past three seasons.
“In the past few years we’ve only had 15-20 heads,” said Margolis. “A smaller pool of horses, you won’t have that many chances of getting this one. It was great to have. I’m just so grateful that Robert and Lawana decided to send them over to me and keep them going, ”at the age of 5.
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